technology

Self-Driving Cars: Even Better Than I Thought

Self-Driving Cars: Even Better Than I Thought

One of the things I most look forward to about the future is the idea of self-driving cars. Like, the kind of car you get into, tell it where to go, and then sit back and relax while it takes you there. Up until a few days ago, my desire for an autonomous car was […]


Pet Peeve #63: The “Check Engine” Light

Pet Peeve #63: The "Check Engine" Light

A few days ago, the “check engine” light appeared on my dashboard. So far I’ve refused to heed its warning–I don’t have time to drive my car to a repair shop and leave it there for a few days just so they can plug a machine into it to tell me what’s wrong. I’ve been […]


Silvercar: The Future of Car Rentals?

Silvercar: The Future of Car Rentals?

At a recent family reunion, one of my cousins was talking about a trip she took where she had to rent a car. She raved about the service she used, Silvercar. Today I was looking around to rent a car for a few days, and Silvercar came to mind. Unfortunately they’re not in St. Louis, […]


Does the GPS Know Something I Don’t?

Does the GPS Know Something I Don't?

Yesterday I had dinner plans with a friend for Thai food at 5:30, right in the middle of rush hour. So I entered the destination into Google Maps on my phone, selected the fastest route based on traffic, and headed out. It ended up being a surreal drive. The GPS wanted me to take a […]


Would You Record Every Second of Your Life?

Would You Record Every Second of Your Life?

Black Mirror is fantastic. A friend recently turned me on to this short-run BBC drama about some of the dark twists technology can have in our near-future world. There are 6 episodes available on Netflix. The most thought-provoking episode for me is one called “The Entire History of You.” In it, pretty much everyone in the […]


Virtual Reality Playgrounds

Virtual Reality Playgrounds

There’s a shortlist of things about the nebulous future I’ve always been excited about: jetpacks flying cars teleportation simple body scans that immediately diagnose all that ails you virtual reality The cool thing about the last item on that list is can do all the other things on the list. You could plug into virtual […]


Back in My Day, Phones Had Cords

Back in My Day, Phones Had Cords

Actually, that’s not true. My father got a cell phone through his job when I was in high school (late ’90s). Back then it was called a “car phone” because the battery didn’t last very long. It was the size of an electric razor. The point is, we didn’t have cell phones like most kids […]


How to Turn Heat to Cold Without Melting Your Hand

How to Turn Heat to Cold Without Melting Your Hand

As a rule, my body is almost always cold. My heating bill in the frigid St. Louis winter goes up by about $100 each month. This is a problem. I’ve tried “wearing more layers” and “turning the heat down to 77 degrees,” but there has to be a better way. So I bought a Dyson […]


A New Kindle in My Bed

A New Kindle in My Bed

Nearly 6 years ago, I got a first-generation Amazon Kindle (around $400 at the time). I loved it right away, as you can tell by this blast-from-the-past blog entry. Over time, that love has grown even more. Who would have thought that a device that looks like it was designed in the 1970s would work […]


The Future of Early Cancer Detection

The Future of Early Cancer Detection

There are two somewhat unsexy technologies grounded in science fiction that I’ve been wanting for years: The ability for my car to tell me exactly what’s wrong with it. A scanning device to scan my body and tell me any diseases/ailments I may have. Thanks to Jorge Soto, the second technology might be much closer […]


The Batmobile Runs on Electricity

The Batmobile Runs on Electricity

A few days ago I read about Tesla’s new car, the P85D. I was fairly impressed by a lot of the details until I got to a certain paragraph, at which point my brain exploded: But, Musk said, if you fall asleep while driving, the car should be able to get you home safely. If […]


I Don’t Get It: The Apple Watch

I Don't Get It: The Apple Watch

Originally this was going to be one of my Onion-style fake news posts about Apple’s big news being that they’re releasing a product that was essentially released by Pebble over 2 years go. But it wouldn’t even really be a fake article, because it’s true. So this will be the first in a new series […]


Puncture This: A Fascinating TED Talk

Puncture This: A Fascinating TED Talk

I subscribe to the TED Talk RSS feed, which somehow has daily updates (are there really that many TED talks?!) While I love the talks, I rarely take the time to watch them unless the topic seems interesting to me based on the title. So when I saw the topic of today’s TED Talk, it made […]


Texting and Driving in the Theater

Texting and Driving in the Theater

Every now and then I need a good reminder to not look at my phone while driving. Hence why I write about that subject here every now and then. Fortunately my latest reminder didn’t come on the road, but rather from alert reader and friend Trevor. Trev spotted a really clever PSA that a movie […]


The Cup That Tells You What’s in It

The Cup That Tells You What's in It

Today I read about a really interesting innovation. It’s a clever invention that feels like something from the future…yet I can’t decide if anyone will ever use it for anything. It’s called the Vessyl, and as the title of this blog post suggests, it’s a cup that tells you exactly which liquid is inside of […]


The Big Red Button

The Big Red Button

I’m not exactly sure why I think this is cool, but I like products that bridge the gap between the intangible and tangible. Today I read about something called “bttn,” a big red button that you can program to do…well, pretty much anything. Here are a few examples that SpringWise mentioned the bttn can do […]


Now THIS Is How You Use Virtual Reality

Now THIS Is How You Use Virtual Reality

You may have heard of a device called the Oculus Rift. It’s a virtual reality headset (really just a visual reality headset) that can make you feel like you’re really in a video game. I’ve seen some pretty cool uses for it, including a YouTube video where an elderly lady unable to go outside in […]


How to Read 500 Word a Minute…and Would You Even Want to?

How to Read 500 Word a Minute...and Would You Even Want to?

If you’re like me, you’ve developed the ability to detect and overlook ads on Facebook, no matter how hard they try to not look like ads. The only problem with this is that sometimes when people share real articles that aren’t ads, I skip them too. That happened the other day when someone shared a […]


How to Skype with Your Great-Great-Great Grandfather

How to Skype with Your Great-Great-Great Grandfather

Okay, this is creepy. Creative, but creepy. Springwise alerted me to a startup that will let people talk with their dead relatives and loved ones. This isn’t some sort of magic, nor is it quite what it seems. Eterni.me compiles information about the recently deceased–social media, text messages, e-mails, etc–to recreate a person’s personality after […]


Sharks Can Tweet Too

Sharks Can Tweet Too

This recent headline on Springwise made me smile: “In Australia, sharks now tweet when they approach the beach.” Best headline ever? Possibly. Even better, the concept is actually really cool. An organization is attaching tracking devices to sharks off the coast of Western Australia (I’m guessing they get their summer interns to catch and tag […]


The Snugg: A Review

The Snugg: A Review

No, this isn’t a review about my experience with the St. Louis Snuggle Club (which doesn’t exist but totally should). This is a review about an iPhone case sent to me for review from a very nice company called The Snugg. When The Snugg approached me about a review, I told them up front that […]


The Emperor’s New Clothes: The iPad Air

The Emperor's New Clothes: The iPad Air

Is it just me, or is Apple starting to sell us the same thing with a different name? Every year I look forward to the new iPad. I’m not an Apple junkie–I have a giant, awesome PC desktop at home that eats iPads for dinner. But the iPad represents something different for me. It is […]


Better Than Flying Cars

Better Than Flying Cars

Note 1: The subject of this entry is misleading. Flying cars are the best kind of cars. How on earth is it 2013 and we’re still limited by roads?! There’s so much space directly above the read that we aren’t using AT ALL. It doesn’t make sense that we aren’t using all of our resources […]


The Printer Whisperer

The Printer Whisperer

We all have skills, hidden talents that rise to the surface at the right time, like Harry Potter realizing that he was naturally good at Quidditch. When we learn about those innate skills, it’s like we realize that we’ve known a second language all of our lives but didn’t have a chance to use it. […]